Hey All –
Just to make an even deeper connection from these last few entries, I thought this excerpt from A Season in the Warrior Utopia might be relevant to the discussion. We’ve been talking about cause and effect, karma and how our actions affect the Whole from a spiritual or philosophical perspective. But this entry offers more of a biological or scientific perspective of how everything connects. And we can even see how many of our dreaded “effects,” mirrored back courtesy of our wise planet, seem to be more about preservation than punishment.
This is a very dense entry, probably best absorbed when you have a few minutes to read it down in one sitting. It’s also, I believe, one of the more eye-opening from the book because it really illustrates – again, with cold hard science – both the inherent perfection of nature and the blatant “unsustainability” of our current economic/consumption paradigm. You may never see the planet the same way again! (I know I didn’t…)
It is the second of two entries related to Dr. Zeus. The first one is already posted in Week Five (“Dr. Zeus and the Global Reckoning”) and serves as an excellent prelude to this one, although it’s not necessary that you read it first.
Excerpt from; A Season in the Warrior Utopia by Bobby Rock
Dr. Zeus and the Enviroconomy of Life on Planet Earth
Day 48 – 6:31 PM (Krishna’s Pantry)
In the first presentation I saw, Dr. Zeus was making his point of universal interconnectedness largely from an economic perspective, with a slight environmental spin. So today, I was looking forward to going several layers deeper to see if I could grasp an even bigger picture. It turns out that Dr. Zeus’ office was over at The Levels, the same complex where Wren’s lab was. So I hopped on the Rail to the East Village late this morning and made my way over to Level Seven for his observation period.
With about 35 of us gathered in his spacious presentation room, Dr. Zeus set the tone of the lecture for us.
“Everything in this three-dimensional realm – all forms of matter – is ultimately comprised of the same source energy. So when we talk about the interconnectedness that exists between each other, all living creatures and the earth, most people are referring to the shared molecular makeup of which everything is comprised. And, of course, this is the most foundational truth that connects us.”
“This is the whole quantum physics perspective, right?” someone asked.
“Uh…yeah…given that quantum physics deals with the science and behavior of the absolute smallest bits of matter,” Dr. Zeus replied. “Next month, I’ll be delving off into that whole subject with a fantastic new mini-doc that we’re just finishing up. But for today, I wanted to approach the subject of environmental interconnectedness from a broader perspective…one that’s further up the molecular totem pole, you might say.”
“We, the Environment…”
“Consider this,” Dr. Zeus said, stepping aside to show a ten-minute presentation on the big screen. It was a fast-moving, heavily animated piece of multimedia magic that explained how our entire eco system is built around the four elements of earth, fire, water and air and the interdependent roles that the planet and all of its inhabitants play in this divinely orchestrated dance.
It showed how, several billion years ago, our planet was toxic to humans due to the extreme amounts of carbon dioxide in the air. But then, over millions of years, as plant life flourished and photosynthesis came into play, these plants essentially began swapping out carbon dioxide for oxygen, thus setting the stage for animals (humans included) to inhabit the planet. This plant life/oxygen connection also facilitated fire, which, as we know, cannot exist without oxygen.
From there, as living things died and rotted in the earth, their molecules ultimately comprised the very soil where all human nutrition originated; in the staggering variety of plant-based foods which are grown directly in the earth. Additionally, as this soil became rich with life in the form of plant roots and various microorganisms (among many other things), it served as an efficient filtration system for all the water that passed through it, thus allowing us humans and other animals a clean drinking source. The main point, as I saw it, was to understand how all of these environmental components – all of this biodiversity – make it even possible for us to live on this planet.
But the presentation didn’t rest on this point. It went on to explore an even deeper level of interconnectedness; about how we humans are, in one sense or another, actually comprised of the elements of earth, fire, water and air. The explanation went something like this:
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